Roofer Michal Swiderski works on putting in a new roof of his home in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially strong El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, and urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl. Roofers, on the other hand, are seeing an uptick in business as homeowners ready for the prospect of downpours after four years of dry weather.
Roofer Michal Swiderski works on putting in a new roof of his home in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially strong El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, and urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl. Roofers, on the other hand, are seeing an uptick in business as homeowners ready for the prospect of downpours after four years of dry weather. Richard Vogel The Associated Press
Roofer Michal Swiderski works on putting in a new roof of his home in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially strong El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, and urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl. Roofers, on the other hand, are seeing an uptick in business as homeowners ready for the prospect of downpours after four years of dry weather. Richard Vogel The Associated Press
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October 25, 2015 10:00 AM

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